Review: Clinical pathways reduce in-hospital complications but not in-hospital mortality or readmissions

Cruz-Flores, Salvador
August 2010
ACP Journal Club;8/17/2010, Vol. 153 Issue 2, p11
Academic Journal
The article comments on a study by T. Rotter and colleagues focusing on the effects of clinical pathways (CPWs) in patient outcomes and length of stay and costs of hospitals. The findings show that CPWs are better than usual care in reducing in-hospital complications but not in-hospital mortality or readmissions. However, the findings of the study are not sufficient to prove the efficacy of CPWs in every medical condition.


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